Over $1 Billion in E-Rate Money Lost Under Reams of Bureaucratic Red Tape

Wired had this to report today on the continuing saga of the missing e-rate funds.....\"The e-rate has been hailed as a lifesaver for bringing schools and libraries into the information age. Now a study by the General Accounting Office reveals that $1.3 billion in e-rate funding has gone unspent, leaving some schools without the Net access that they are entitled to. What happened to the money? [more...]


Your Patrons Can\'t Search for Sex

According to this article from Cyber Atlas, a tremendous number of web users still do not know how to search. Also, the most popular search term is \"sex\". I think that the cartoon from the other day says it all. Librarians NEED to be the search engines.\"The study also found that the most popular term people search for online is \"sex.\" Alexa\'s findings are based on an examination of more than 42 million search pages viewed in aggregate by users of the Alexa toolbar at 10 of the Internet\'s leading portals and search engines --,,,,,,,,, and -- between March 1999 and January 2001.\"
Read the study here


Saint of the \'Net

Brian writes \" is one of a number of sites with This Story:

The Pope is reportedly going to name Isidore of Seville as the patron saint of computer programmers and the Internet. Isidore wrote a 20-volume encyclopedia in the 7th century.

One guy jokes, \"If we\'re talking about Silicon Valley, I had always assumed that San Jose was the patron saint of the Internet.\"


Google takes Deja

It seems that Google has taken over the rest of Deja. The beta site can be found here and the press release can be read here. On a related note, look for old dot com buddies at Dotcomdropout.


Children\'s Safe Harbor Coming to a Living Room Near You

With the barrage of information surrounding filtering issues in libraries in an effort to protect children from the dangers of surfing the Internet, comes a different perspective in relation to accomplishing the same level of protection in the television viewing arena. It seems that the concept of a \"Safe Harbor,\" which we now know as the Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) extends to the Children\'s Protection from Violent Programming Act, (someone gimme an acronym puh-leeeeze).

The measure would require the Federal Communications Commission to \"prohibit the distribution of violent television programming,\" during times when kids are most prone to watch TV, according to Rep. Ronnie Shows (D-Miss.), the chief patron of the House bill, which he said he\'ll introduce this week.

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Five Days at your desk

Lee Hadden writes:\"A 30 year veteran proofreader for a publisher was known for his
dedication to work. He came in first each morning, and stayed late each
night. Sadly, George Turklebaum died at his desk at a New York publisher,
and it was five days before anyone noticed that he was dead in his cubicle.
It was the cleaning staff who first noticed he hadn\'t moved, and not his
co-workers of many years.
The Guardian in England has picked up the story.

Certainly, this lonely death could never happen to dedicated
librarians. Could it?\"


Worthless Study Proves Nothing

I post this one, more to comment on the story, not to report any findings.
This Story was picked up and reported on by about everyone.
A preliminary study of 150 people aged 20 to 35 has shown that more than one in 10 are suffering from severe problems with their memory.
Tiny study, actually, not even a study, a preliminary study, shows some people are stupid, and all of a sudden this is the headline I read... \"Computer-mad generation has a memory crash\" There are so many things wrong with this story I will not waste my time with it.

Please read the entire story critically, and make up your own mind.


Library Automation - Schools

Someone writes \"This is kind of interesting. Sirsi and Sagebrush Corporation have partnered to give Sagebrush a multiuser system to sell to the school market. Sagebrush has been buying marketshare for two years now and this allows them a slice of the pie that normally goes to the larger multiuser systems like Sirsi. None of the major vendors have shown any real talent in targeting this market. Whatt does this mean for Follet and Sirs? My guess is it doesn\'t hurt the bread and butter part of the business for Follet, the single school. To be truthful they could never win thoughs to begin with. However it does make Sagebrush more interesting to the multi-site school installations which are gravey to the larger vendors. So Sirsi now has someone dedicated to this market so that the other large vendors will have to fight for the large sites with the handicap of not really knowing the market.

The Press Release \"


Ladies and Gentlemen, the new Oprah Book is...

The best way to market a new book is to say that it will be the next \"Oprah\" book. Just make sure that the Oprah people know about it first.\"On Wednesday, WMA agent Mel Berger submitted Sandbox Wisdom: Revolutionize Your Brand with the Genius of Childhood, by Tom Asacker, to Warner. Accompanying the hardcover, which was originally published last March by Eastside Publishing, was a letter on Harpo letterhead, indicating that it was to be the next Oprah book club pick. There was just one problem: Harpo, the company that produces The Oprah Winfrey Show, says it has nothing to do with him. \'\'Tom Asacker has no affiliation with Oprah Winfrey, the Oprah Winfrey show or Harpo Productions, and we are looking into this matter further,\'\' a Harpo spokesman told Inside.\"


Online Schools

Former Education Secretary William Bennett is one of the folks out selling some new online schools. Bennett once gave schools\' efforts to increase use of computers in teaching an \"F-\". Cnet has the Full Story.

Washington Post has another story on the same thing. Sounds like a big gamble on some vaporware.

\"It\'s a back-to-basics approach,\" Bennett said. \"We\'re combining traditional learning and powerful technology.\"



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